Going Beyond Trends To Create Your Own Unique Sustainable Style.
You know about sustainable fashion, but what does it really mean to have sustainable style?
There’s no exact science to putting a stellar outfit together but if you’ve ever found yourself in a styling rut, we may have some tips and tricks to help you bring back the inspiration to the daily act of getting dressed.
Last week we hosted a webinar where our very own Kate and Eliza shared their
5 key principles for sustainable style:
- Buy investment pieces from sustainable brands.
- Versatility - when you acquire something new, think beyond “trends”.
- Garment care - wash less, wash smart.
- Make do and mend.
- Swap, borrow, share, rent.
Longevity is key when it comes to sustainable fashion and finding inspiration for re-styling what is already in your wardrobe could be your first step towards a more sustainable relationship with clothing.
Discovering our own unique style is a fantastic way we can free ourselves from the over-consumption trap of fast fashion trends. And yes, our style might change over time; a new job, starting a family or other life changes will require different clothing, but outside of that, embracing a sense of personal style that is not tied to trends will allow us to wear items for longer and love them over a lifetime.
To help you express your unique style here are four fashion styling principles to keep in mind:
COLOUR & PRINT
The first principle is all about the use of colours & prints.
We all have our preferences when it comes to colour and print and one of the most avant garde ways to dress is to combine different colours and prints - aka ‘pattern clashing’. This is the practice of wearing two different patterns at once. You can experiment with mixing different prints you might already have for a bold and eclectic look. If you’d like to try wearing a new print but aren’t yet ready for pattern clashing, you can try ‘feature prints’ by working with one statement print and pairing it back with complementary tones.
When it comes to playing with colour, there's many different approaches. The first is the monochrome look. Matching pieces together of the same colour and shade can create a cohesive and sophisticated look. Similar to monochrome is tonal dressing. This is the practice of combining different shades of the same colour in such a way to create a gorgeous harmonious ensemble. On the opposite side of the spectrum you have colour blocking. This is when you match contrasting colours together to create visually striking outfits. Here it is beneficial to have a basic understanding of the colour wheel and contrasting colours. Some examples of colours that contrast well are blue and orange or yellow and purple but it’s up to you to choose what looks best!
Personalise it - Take a look in your wardrobe and note which colours and/or patterns you have a lot of. What colours/prints make you feel happy and which do you like the look of with your hair and skin tone. From here you’ll have the beginnings of your own personalised approach to how you wear and combine tone, colour and pattern.
SHAPE & FIT
Understanding how to play with shape and silhouette can transform your outfits.
You might like to focus on contrast by combining different shapes and silhouettes to create visual interest. Pair fitted tops with wide-legged or flared pants for a balanced look. Contrasting shapes create a dynamic and eye-catching outfit. Having a combination of flowing/oversized garments and fitted garments in your wardrobe is a must have for styling. Creating balance in your look is crucial. A garment may have a simple silhouette with a striking design, or an interesting silhouette can be expressive enough on its own.
Using belts to cinch your waist over tops, dresses and even outerwear, such as a cardigan or a jacket can also be a great way to create shape and structure.
Personalise it - Take a look at the shapes in your wardrobe and note your favourites. Are you partial to more fitted garments or are you loving the oversized look? Note which shapes can be put together in different ways to create new looks.
Layering is a versatile styling technique that allows you to create a whole new outfit without buying new clothes.
The most essential items for layering are tights, undershirts, scarves, collared shirts, vests and outerwear. To create a well-layered outfit, start with a comfortable base layer (like our Dorsu long-sleeve tees). Add a middle layer such as a cardigan or denim jacket for depth. Choose a layer that complements the colors and style of your base layer. You can also incorporate different textures like chunky knits, cord, velvet or faux fur for visual interest. Pay attention to proportions and pair longer base layers with shorter middle layers. Finish with stylish outerwear like a coat or jacket.
Personalise it - This winter, notice what layers you gravitate towards, try layering things in new ways. Experiment and mix different pieces until you achieve a look that you feel your best in. With practice, layering helps you create effortless outfits that showcase your unique style.
Accessories are a fantastic way to express your personal style and elevate your outfits.
Some accessories to keep in mind are belts, scarves, hats, bags, sunglasses and jewellery. Use belts to cinch your waist and add a pop of colour. Get creative with scarves, wearing them as headbands, necklaces, or even belt accessories. Stack and mix bracelets. Top off your look with hats or headwear for added flair. Carry a statement bag that complements your outfit. Complete your look with fab eyewear. When it comes to accessorising the possibilities are endless. Jewellery is the perfect finishing touch. Experiment with statement necklaces, bold earrings, and chunky rings to add drama and sparkle to your ensemble.
Personalise it - Notice what sort of accessories you have in high rotation. What accessories do you own which have not been worn in a while and ask yourself - why? Is this a sign of your changing style and taste, or did you discover a few things you almost forgot you owned? Remember, accessorising is all about expressing your personal style and adding those extra details that make your outfit truly unique.
How to choose your one garment for Wear The Change?
When picking your garment for the Wear The Change challenge this year, here are a few things to consider:
- Choose something that makes you feel great and boosts your confidence. Whether it's a dress that flatters your figure or a super comfortable jumper, prioritize comfort and self-assurance.
- Opt for an item with a story. This could be a hand-me-down from a loved one, an item hand made by a friend, or a unique vintage find. It adds depth and sentimental value to your outfits.
- Select something versatile that can be styled in various ways to suit different occasions and moods. The most important thing is that the item has an element of sustainability. We encourage everyone to pick something that they already own or that was manufactured ethically and sustainably.
Join us for Wear The Change here - https://wearthechange.thesocialoutfit.org